Opposition UPND on the Copperbelt has strongly condemned police’s decision to release a suspected ring leader in the assassination attempt on its president Hakainde Hichilema in Ndola last week.
Provincial Information and publicity Secretary Kennedy Kalunga argued that Chile should not have been released on police bond because he was a danger to society as evidenced from the way he was harassing people using guns and other assortment of weapons.
Copperbelt Police Commissioner Joyce Kasosa confirmed the arrest of the PF cadre Chile also known as Jerabo among fellow Jerabos. Ms Kasosa said Chile was arrested on Thursday and released on police bond the same day, but would appear in court next week on the charge of malicious damage.
But Mr Kalunga said Chile harassed people especially UPND cadres with weapons and at, one time fired a gun at the UPND offices in Ndola and so it was not right for the police to release him on bond.
“Chile should not have been released on police bond because he is a danger to the society. He was harassing and threatening people with guns and other weapons. He was literally beating and insulting police officers.
“He was carrying guns, pangas and other weapons and insulting people. Such kind of people should be kept in police custody or in prison because if they are moving freely, the freedom of other people can suffer,” Mr Kalunga said. Chile was among Patriotic Front (PF) thugs who beat up UPND supporters who accompanied Mr Hichilema to Sun FM Radio Station in Ndola on Saturday last weekend.
“I don’t know his other name, I just know that he is Chile. He was arrested on Thursday and released on police bond on the same day. He is facing the charge of malicious damage and will appear in court next week,” Ms Kasosa said